Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's All In Perspective

Drawing Hands, 1948 by M. C. Escher
Picture prompt courtesy of The Mag 180


If you draw my hands,
erase protruding veins.
Smooth over sun spots
with fingertip smudges.
 
If you draw my palms,
accentuate the major lines
of heart, head, life, fate;
read me as who I am.


31 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i like the contrast between what you want them to show on the outside, but who you are on the inside of the hand...smiles...hands are so evocative....

Debi Swim said...

Laurie, absolutely beautiful to my heart!

Tess Kincaid said...

I really like how you did the reverse...the reading of the palm...very nice...

LaTonya Baldwin said...

I thought the same as Brian. Enjoyed the direction you chose here.

Berowne said...

Incisive and rather wise...

Donetta Sifford said...

This is a very intriguing take on the prompt. I love the way it was ask to remove the sun spots with fingertip smudges.

planetcyberluz.com said...

Yes, my Granny did palm reading, she was rather frightenly accurate.
Tigerbrite

Ellecee said...

Wouldn't it be nice if we could do this,,,only show the good stuff,,, enjoyed this - makes one think,,,,

Steve King said...

Laurie,
Congratulations on your work being included in the d'Verse anthology. A well deserved honor.
Steve K.

Jerry said...

Loved this. I often use the concept of lifeline in poetry.

Wendy Bourke said...

I love the use of the word "if" at the beginning of both stanzas. What I took from that was, "if" you're going to go there, and try to get some aspect of me - get it right. Well said!

Kay said...

really liked the palm reading and oh i wish i could erase the sunspots!!x

Lyn said...

Just brilliant...hand to heart...you really filled in the lines!

Jinksy said...

No doubt your life line is an arty one! :)

gautami tripathy said...

Liked this!!

existentialism

kaykuala said...

If one is interested one can elicit a lot of info looking at the hands. This is true! Nicely Laurie!

Hank

Donna B. said...

I love this. I would say the same. I also agree with what Brian said. This is really beautiful Laurie. I agree with every single line! Well done.

Tarang Sinha said...

Good one!:)

Helena said...

Beautiful. If only I could erase my liver spots - I've just had my first tiny clump!!

Lisa A. Williams said...

Wonderful!

Linda H. said...

This one is excellent!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I like how the protagonist gives instruction in how to perceive, but then closes by "read me as I am." Beautiful.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I would want the scars and calluses accentuated as badges of honor. I am, of course, a most manly man!

Sharon Bradshaw said...

I love fingertip smudges. It's a beautiful poem, Laurie.

Willow said...

Beautiful and wistful and real.

Trellissimo said...

You have made much of the prompt. Thank you.

The Fifth Horseman said...

Fate is the line that matters most.

Truedessa said...

read me for who I am ..a powerful line..as too often people want us to conform to their own readings.

JANU said...

Awesome!

Margaret said...

Perfect! Yes, paint me for who I am, not what you see... especially after 40 :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Perspective indeed.....love this Laurie!!